ASTM to Release New Standard Safety Specification for Adult Jewelry
07/06/2013

In May 2013, ASTM International published the new standard method ASTM F 2999-13 ‘Standard Consumer Safety Specification for Adult Jewelry (2).

Online PR News – 06-July-2013 – 05.07.2013 – In November 2011, the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) International announced the release of the new standard method ASTM F 2923-2011 ‘Standard Specification for Consumer Product Safety for Children’s Jewelry’ (1). In May 2013, ASTM International published the new standard method ASTM F 2999-13 ‘Standard Consumer Safety Specification for Adult Jewelry (2).

The new standard establishes test methods and requirements for chemicals as well as requirements for certain mechanical hazards (3). It also provides guidelines for jewelry designed or intended primarily for consumers over the age of 12, including the use of intended user labeling such as:

- Not for children 12 and younger
- Not for children under 12
- For 13+
- Adult use only

List of adult jewelry

Under the new standard, jewelry is defined as a product principally designed and intended as an ornament worn by a person and includes:

- Anklet, arm cuff, bracelet, brooch, chain, crown or tiara, cuff link, hair accessory with significant decorative elements, earrings, ear cuffs, necklace, pins such as tie tacks and trading pins, ring, body piercing jewelry,
- Jewelry placed in the mouth for display or ornament,
- Any component of a product listed above,
- Any charm, bead, chain, link, pendant or other attachment to shoes or clothing designed to be removed and worn, alone or attached to an item in (i-ii) above, as an ornament by a person,
- Watch in which a timepiece is a component of an ornament, excluding the timepiece itself if the timepiece can be removed from the ornament,
- Jewelry components in craft kits where the final assembled jewelry product is principally designed and intended as an ornament worn by a person.

Specifications for body piercing jewelry

Additional requirements covered by the new standard include:

- Body piercing jewelry is required to be manufactured exclusively from specific materials.
- A list of materials that are exempted from lead limits (See below).

Body piercing jewelry shall be made exclusively from:

- Surgical implant stainless steel.
- Surgical implant grade titanium.
- Niobium (Nb).
- Solid 14K or higher white or nickel-free gold.
- Solid platinum.
- A dense, low-porosity plastic, including, but not limited to, Tygon or Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) if the plastic contains no intentionally added lead.

Materials excluded from lead limits

- Stainless or surgical steel.
- Precious metals [karat gold, sterling silver (at least 925/1000), platinum, palladium, iridium, ruthenium, rhodium, osmium and titanium] .
- Natural or cultured pearls.
- Glass, ceramic, or crystal decorative components, including cat’s eye, cubic zirconia, cubic zirconium (CZ), rhinestones and cloisonné.
- Non-lead containing semi-precious gemstones and other minerals, excluding aragonite, bayldonite, boleite, cerussite, crocoite, ekanite, linarite, mimetite, phosgenite, samarskite, vanadinite, and wulfenite.
- Wood provided not treated with lead.
- Paper and similar materials manufactured from wood or other cellulosic fiber, including, but not limited to, paperboard, linerboard and medium, and coatings on such paper that soak into the paper and cannot be scraped off. .
- Elastic, fabric, ribbon, rope, or string, unless it contains intentionally added lead..
- All natural decorative material, including amber, bone, coral, feathers, fur, horn, leather, shell, or wood, that is in its natural state and is not lead treated.
- Adhesive.
- Repurposed components. These are found ‘objects’ that are incorporated into jewelry, and may include, but are not limited to, silver or pewter utensils, bottle caps, and buttons.

Highlights of the new standard for chemicals and non-chemicals are summarized in Tables 2, 3 and 4 (http://newsletter.sgs.com/eNewsletterPro/uploadedimages/000006/sgs-safeguards-10313-astm-adult-jewelry-a4-en-13.pdf) within the latest SGS SafeGuards bulletin.

References:

(1) Safeguards 203/11(http://newsletter.sgs.com/eNewsletterPro/uploadedimages/000006/sgs-safeguards-20311-astm-publishes-standard-method-for-childrens-jewellery-en-11-v2.pdf)
(2) ASTM International (http://www.astm.org/search/site-search.html?query=ASTM+F2999 )
(3) ASTM F2999-13 Standard Consumer Safety Specification for Adult Jewelry (http://www.astm.org/Standards/F2999.htm)

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